About the Dance Wings
The talented Austin Samba dancers perform samba, samba reggae, afoxé, maracatu and a variety of West African dance styles. Dancers come from a variety of backgrounds. Our aim is to give our audience and community a wonderful performance that integrates the exciting elements of Brazilian music and dance.
There are three dance sections in Austin Samba, all of which are open and depend on the level of a dancers experience and availability: the Passistas, the Malandros, and the Alegria.
We welcome people with and without previous dance experience into Austin Samba. The intake period for new dancers takes place in the spring and early summer, and is followed by tryouts in September and intensive preparation in the fall and winter for our spring Carnaval performances.
passistas & Malandros
Passistas and malandros represent the Rio-style expression of samba, with both male and female dancers making up the groups, as is traditional in escolas de samba throughout Brazil. Dancers interested in our “passista" and "manlandro" groups should have some dance experience and must be willing to commit to performing and rehearsing on a regular basis. Performing in the group is based on several factors including regular attendance, knowledge of the choreographies, ability to improvise, and a positive attitude. Membership into the passista and malandro groups is determined during dancer assessment in September. Existing members of the school who would like to join and experienced or professional dancers joining the school for the first time should contact Tammy Harden at email@example.com for rehearsal and audition information for the upcoming season.
The alegria dance group is designed for dancers, movers, and shakers who love to move to a funky beat and want to participate in parades and other large-scale events throughout the year. For those who have never done any type of Brazilian dance but would like to try, now is the time to do it! For those looking to gain more experience in different styles of Brazilian dance, this is the group for you. Training is provided during rehearsals, where you practice alongside the drummers. In addition to our rehearsals, you can also take classes in samba and Brazilian street dance at Esquina Tango.
How to Join
For more information on joining the Alegria dance section, please email Imani Aanu at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on joining the Passista or Malandro dance sections, please email Tammy Harden at email@example.com. Dancers usually rehearse alongside the drummers on Wednesday evenings at 7pm. Please note that the dancer schedule is not always the same as the drummer schedule, so dancers should be available via email for updates.
want to learn how to samba?
Dancers of all levels are fortunate to have a supportive greater community in Austin for learning varied styles of Brazilian dance. Melissa 'Taz' Corpus is a long-time student and instructor of Brazilian dance, specializing in "Rio-style" samba, teaching fundamentals, styling and advanced footwork combinations. She teaches year-round community classes for beginner and intermediate levels each Tuesday at Esquina Tango on Austin's east side.
Contact Esquina Tango at (512) 524-2772 for class pricing and more information.